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April 25

Help identify this souvenir spoon idol

I recently purchased four unrelated souvenir spoons, including one with this idol-type image. It appears to be a tattooed figure holding two smaller figures. The smaller figures are sitting in each other's laps and holding onto each other. The seller had no idea what the image represents. There are no markings on the spoon itself. Is this an image specific to a particular religion or mythology? Or is it some generic exoticized trinket?
posted by audi alteram partem to Media & Arts at 2:45 PM - 2 answers

how can I ratproof a row of delicious brassicas?

The neighborhood rats agree that my brassica plants are tasty. I want them go eat something else. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by centrifugal to Home & Garden at 1:22 PM - 7 answers

Raising informed citizens

No newspapers and no television - how do you expose your kids to current events? [more inside]
posted by threesquare to Society & Culture at 11:34 AM - 12 answers

How do I date the bubble-boy?

I met a great new guy, but he thinks he might be allergic to my dog. [more inside]
posted by ATX Peanut to Human Relations at 11:05 AM - 31 answers

on a plate or in a hill?

Often for lunch I rinse a can of beans and throw them in a container with some other ingredients to make a salad, like chickpeas + lemon juice + Parmesan. It is quick and easy. What other simple can of bean "recipes" should I try? No dietary restrictions.
posted by chaiminda to Food & Drink at 9:08 AM - 20 answers

How to embed exercise into one's lifestyle?

I try to latch exercise into my day so that it seamlessly fits in. I'm looking for more ways to do this. Examples include: working close enough to home so walking is easier. [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme to Health & Fitness at 8:21 AM - 18 answers

Fire Drill Safety Protocols

I work in a tallish building (around 10 floors) and just went through a fire drill that upset me. However, I think it may have been standard protocol. [more inside]
posted by seesom to Work & Money at 7:54 AM - 16 answers

What to do about my teeth.

About 3.5 years ago, I fell down a flight of stairs and knocked out two of my teeth. (0/10 do not recommend.) The dentist reimplanted the avulsed teeth, but they were out of my mouth for over an hour and we knew this would not be a permanent solution. Sure enough, it looks like the time is coming for me to consider other options... [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl to Health & Fitness at 6:57 AM - 15 answers

April 24

Help Me Remember a Creepy British TV Thriller

I'm trying to remember the name of a British TV show from approximately 15 years ago, give or take, involving a group of young men and women, one or more of whom began receiving a series of creepy emails or videotapes (I'm pretty sure it was email). [more inside]
posted by Palindromedary to Media & Arts at 9:37 PM - 2 answers

Help me move to Long Beach

Moving to Long Beach for my partner's work in about a month—and would love some advice about the city. [more inside]
posted by themadthinker to Travel & Transportation at 9:08 PM - 5 answers

Pork Shoulder past its sell by date - am I being paranoid?

On April 15 I bought a cut of pork shoulder at Whole Foods at the deli counter. Then I got crazy busy during the week and didn't have time to cook it. Since I bought it at the deli counter it just has a sticker that says "Sell By 4/20". Well - it's 4/24 now, and like a dope I never put it in the freezer. Would you eat this meat? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek to Food & Drink at 7:45 PM - 18 answers

Could somebody please explain Skype to me?

I need help understand the account types, charges and payment plans. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx to Computers & Internet at 6:28 PM - 17 answers

Books about Wall Street during the 1930's?

I'm looking for fiction or non-fiction books about Wall Street during the 1930's. [more inside]
posted by Alterity to Media & Arts at 5:08 PM - 5 answers

Why is the cycle on our dishwasher so long?

We just had a new Bosch dishwasher installed. The plumber ran a test cycle and it took nearly 2 hours and the manual says all the non-express cycles take at least 115 minutes. Why is that? Is it more efficient? Or will the dishes not get clean otherwise? Please tell me why our dishwasher works the way it does.
posted by platitudipus to Home & Garden at 9:46 AM - 13 answers

What is this wall jack?

I came across this disused wall jack the other day and I am very curious as to what it's purpose was. [more inside]
posted by jmsta to Technology at 8:15 AM - 10 answers

April 23

Help Finding A Vintage YA Novel About A Nurse

I read a book when I was between probably between 9-12 years old (1988-1991) from the school library. It was about a young nurse, possibly a student, who took a job as a home nurse for a little girl who had burns on her legs. [more inside]
posted by Aquifer to Media & Arts at 8:01 PM - 2 answers

Can narcissists be dethroned?

Once a narcissist rises up in a position of power, how are they usually dethroned? Does history show that they all prosper until death and disease overtake them, or is there some typical way in which they tend to get removed from power? For example through a palace coup or through losing a war with a foreign power? Historical examples and evolutionary biology theories would be very welcome. Thanks for your thoughts.
posted by Gosha_Dog to Human Relations at 7:34 PM - 11 answers

How big are these flags?

How big are these flags? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha to Education at 6:41 PM - 2 answers

Help me kayak to work in Brooklyn!

I would like to kayak to work, in Brooklyn, this summer. I live near the Gowanus Canal, and work in DUMBO, so my proposed route would cling to the Brooklyn side of the East River, but I wouldn't have to cross it. I'm interested in hearing from folks who have spent some time exploring the waterways of New York City in human-powered watercrafts. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:00 PM - 8 answers

The Dim Bulb that Killed the Live Bulb

Did I kill these flower bulbs? [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas to Home & Garden at 1:47 PM - 7 answers

Dating (and socializing in general) while awkward

I've managed to boil my issues with dating (and relating) down to what seems to be issues with social perception, anxiety, and poor socialization as a kid. I need some concrete suggestions to help me iron out these issues so these don't continue to cause me pain. [more inside]
posted by actionpotential to Human Relations at 1:39 PM - 20 answers

Helping a dog adapt to apartment living?

Our 8 year old dog will be transitioning from living her whole life in a moderate sized house-with-yard to an apartment (70% of the size) with cement patio. Suggestions on making this as stress-free as possible for her? [more inside]
posted by komlord to Pets & Animals at 12:20 PM - 7 answers

Can you identify this tree?

We are moving to our forever home very soon and it has a newish tree planted out front that we have been unable to identify. Online guides have been less than helpful. Help!
posted by grumpybear69 to Pets & Animals at 11:50 AM - 4 answers

Help me bird

After going to a park to see a great horned owl and some babies yesterday, I'd like to explore getting into bird watching. My local Audubon Society meets on a night when I have a conflict. They do have some bird watching events on weekends that I can go to. But as a complete novice, what can I do on my own? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Science & Nature at 10:42 AM - 15 answers

Tea bag confusion

Company X makes tea bags for regular tea and for iced tea in the same flavor. How are they different? If I don't add ice to the iced tea bag will it be the same as the regular tea bag? If I add ice to the regular tea bag will it taste the same as the iced tea bag?
posted by Aranquis to Food & Drink at 10:31 AM - 7 answers

Pokemon Go: what is this Seel/Dewgong hybrid evolution?

A few weeks ago I evolved a Seel (#86), without knowing what it would become. It ended up evolving into a new Pokemom (#87) but had the exact same name. Today I hatched a new Pokemom called a Dewgong, which looks just like the evolved Seel and is also #87. I can't find any evidence of this Seel->Seel hybrid. What's the deal with the second Seel? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:03 AM - 4 answers

April 22

What was in My Fit Foods' gray box?

So, My Fit Foods suddenly went out of business not too long ago. I had tried them out a couple years ago and my favorite thing about them were the supplements they had in that gray box. It included an appetite suppressant as well as a few other things. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, I'd like to know what exactly was in it so I can go buy the supplements at my local GNC or find them online. Thanks!
posted by bookman117 to Health & Fitness at 10:41 PM - 2 answers

Does yellow fiestaware glow brightly?

My mother found yellow fiestaware plates at a thrift shop, and we're pretty sure they're vingtage. I joked about them being radioactive, and now she's worried about eating from them. From what I can find, it's the older red-orange that's the health risk. In looking up information based on the stamp, I'm guessing they were made between the 1940s ad 1972... which does't help much. Any advice?
posted by korej to Home & Garden at 1:13 PM - 8 answers

Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano to Media & Arts at 12:47 PM - 34 answers

Row row row yer recs

Shoe recommendation thread! I'm looking for some shoes I can use on my indoor rowing machine that would also be comfy and functional doing weights and calisthenics. No treadmill. Requirements: flat (zero-drop), firm soled for good power transfer, fast drying, adjustable and comfy. Tell me what you like!
posted by Burhanistan to Health & Fitness at 12:36 PM - 5 answers

Filmmaker seeking public domain songs that could also be a prom theme?

Filmmaker seeking meta-help. I need a song with public domain lyrics that could have conceivably been a U.S. prom theme in 1989. Possibly an early standard that was re-recorded as a Billboard Hit in the 50s-80s? [more inside]
posted by skammer to Media & Arts at 11:52 AM - 15 answers

"She's going for distance, she's going for speed..."

I graduated from Couch to 5K yesterday. This is awesome! Now... how do I get to where I can actually run a 5K? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy to Health & Fitness at 8:51 AM - 18 answers

Tracking "Photos You're Tagged In" on Instagram

Question for social media pros and Insta-influencers! I manage Instagram accounts for major brands that are often tagged in other users' pictures, and I need a way to track those mentions. Seems simple enough, right? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by Freyja to Computers & Internet at 8:07 AM - 3 answers

April 21

How Much Computer Do I Really Need?

Have a new job as a copywriter in NYC and need a workhorse ultrabook to commute with. Right now I'm using my wife's MacBook Pro, but I'm freaking out about it and need my own gear. I am getting confused about the new hard drives and what-all and need good rec's on what I should be looking at for a powerful, but not top of the line system. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Computers & Internet at 6:35 PM - 12 answers

Tell me your MAOI depression success story after SSRIs failed you.

YANMD, but that doesn't matter because I'm looking for patients, not doctors. Please share your success story if Nardil (or another MAOI inhibitor) defeated your depression after you tried all of the SSRIs on the market for years without any joy. How did you deal with the dietary restrictions, weight gain, and side effects? Was it worth all the risks and changes? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Health & Fitness at 5:28 PM - 13 answers

What are some useful ways to organize historical research materials?

I'm using primary and secondary sources to research a historical event and the people involved. Some of these sources are available online, others are documents that I've photographed myself. I have hundreds of pages of documents to transcribe and extract information from. How can I best organize it all? Shoot, even if you can recommend a book on historical research methods, that would be useful too. [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk to Education at 4:15 PM - 7 answers

Turning a rejection into a fellowship

I got rejected for a fellowship that I was really excited about. Can I get them to reconsider? [more inside]
posted by troytroy to Work & Money at 3:09 PM - 7 answers

Can you identify this building?

When I watch PBS Newshour, I often see people in New York being interviewed from a particular studio location. I would like to know where the studio is and what the building visible beyond the speaker's left shoulder is. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red to Media & Arts at 1:56 PM - 6 answers

Is there an app for that?

I browse the web using Chrome on my desktop and I have an I-phone. I often see articles while on my desktop that I want to discuss with someone when I see them next, which might be several weeks away. Is there an easy way to send the article to my phone and at the same time set an alarm to remind me about it at a particular time and date in the future, ideally without having to touch my phone to do it? Many thanks in advance!
posted by miaou to Computers & Internet at 1:42 PM - 7 answers

Are you an engineer or an engineern't

In other words, why am I good at abstract & theoretical math and so horrible at applied/computational math? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Science & Nature at 1:08 PM - 18 answers